Ian Woodhead

Ian Woodhead

Chief Scientist

NZCE, BSc, PhD

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Email ian.woodhead@lincolnagritech.co.nz

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Professor Ian Woodhead is Lincoln Agritech’s Chief Scientist and Group Manager of the Lincoln Technology Group. With almost 40 years’ experience in sensor development, his main research interests are measuring the broadband dielectric properties of composite materials including water content, physical measurements using microwave and mm waves, and high speed electronics.

Professor Woodhead has created a number of globally-marketed sensors, including devices to evaluate the performance of electric fences and the Aquaflex electronic soil moisture sensor, sold by Streat Instruments, that has paved the way for more efficient irrigation systems and allowed farmers to use water more sustainably.

He is a member of IEEE and the Antennas and Propagation, portfolio leader and management team member for the National Science Challenge - Science for Technological Innovation, Chair of New Zealand Electronics Institute Canterbury, board member of Lincoln University’s Centre for Soil and Environmental Quality, and editorial board member of Biosystems Engineering (Elsevier). Woodhead has been an advisor to and is a regular assessor for MBIE Science, assessor for the French National Research Agency, and technical/organising committee member and session chair of ISEMA, IEEE I&M, ICST and TDR international conferences.

Professor Woodhead was awarded the Royal Society Te Aparangi’s Scott Medal in 2017; the engineering science and technology award was presented in recognition of the wide range of sensors he has developed for the agricultural and environmental sectors.

He has particular interests in:

  • Sensors, especially using electromagnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic modelling
  • Time domain reflectometry
  • High speed electronics

Recent Projects

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Cavity Backed Antenna for Microwave Estimation of Grape Bunches in Vineyard

Tan, A., Riding, P., Eccleston, K., Platt, I., Werner, A., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2019

Observations from Radar Scans of Grape Vines Conducted over a Growing Season

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Jafari, A., Werner, A., Bateman, C., Woodhead, I. M., Fourie, J., Hsiao, J., & Carey, P. Oct, 2019

Microwave Measurements of Snow over Sea-Ice in Antarctica

Tan, A. E. C., Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Rack, W., McCulloch, J. Jun, 2018

First application of a newly developed drone radar for snow on sea ice

Rack, W., Tan, A. E. C., McCulloch, J., Platt, I., Eccleston, K., Woodhead, I. Apr, 2018

Effect of Shoot Scattering on a Grape-Yield Radar

Platt, I., Eccleston, K. W., Tan A. E. C., Woodhead, I. Sep, 2018

Non-Diffracting Beams for Moisture Measurement

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Tan, A. E. C., Eccleston, K. W. Jun, 2018

On-irrigator pasture soil moisture sensor

Tan, A. E. C., Richards,S., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. Jan, 2017

Fully-Printed S-band SRR/Wire NRI Lens with Reduced Wire Density

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Tan, A. E.-C., Woodhead, I. M. Oct, 2017

Microwave Modeling and Experiments for Non-Destructive Control Improved Quality of fruit

Jawad, H., Lanteri, J., Migliaccio, C., Pichot, C., Platt, I., Tan, A. E. C., Eccleston, K. W., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2017

The Design of a UAV Mounted Snow Depth Radar - Results of Measurements on Antarctic Sea Ice

Tan, A. E. C., Riding, P. A., Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2017

Imaging and Parameterizing Moisture in Road Sub Course Using Time Domain Reflectometry

Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Harrington, P., Tan, A. E. C. Jun, 2016

Polarization control of aperture coupled circular patch antennas

Tan, A. E., Riding, P. A., Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Woodhead, I. M. Oct, 2016

A Dieletric Model for Composite Aterials

Woodhead, I. M., Platt, I. G., and Tan, A. E. C. May, 2016

Nitrogen fertiliser management with zone characterisation in grazed pasture systems

Woodhead, I. M., Platt, I., Hagedorn, M. Feb, 2015

Small Scatter Elements for Crack Detection - A Preliminary Investigation Using Simulation

Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Hagedorn, M. Dec, 2015

Imaging Using the Transverse Field of a Parallel Transmission Line

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Tan, A. Nov, 2015

Imaging Using The Transverse Field of a Parallel Transmission Line

Woodhead, I., Platt, I, Tan, A. E. C. Nov, 2015

A Monte Carlo Approach to Determining Bessel Beam Source Parameters

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Tan, A. E. C, and Eccleston, K. W. Nov, 2016

Effect of Surface Roughness and Vegetation on the Proximal Soil Moisture Sensor

Tan, A. E. C, Richards, S., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. May, 2016

Imaging and Parameterizing Moisture in Road Sub Course Using Time Domain Reflectometry

Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Harrington P., Tan, A. E. C. Apr, 2016